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Is There a Baby in Your Family? You Need to Know About Rising RSV Rates in the US

• Organic Prepper - Aden Tate

Three letters can fill new parents with dread: RSV. For newborns, RSV, otherwise known as respiratory syncytial virus, can lead to hospitalizations. During "normal" times, RSV rates typically average 58,000 hospitalizations of kids under five each year and 2.1 million outpatient visits amongst that same population. [source]

RSV spreads via respiratory droplets, predominantly in the form of sneezes and coughs. However, RSV can stick around on surfaces and spread via touching contaminated objects as well. [source]

Usually, RSV spreads throughout the fall and winter months. [source] Right now, though, since June, RSV has increased during the summer. America's Southern region was particularly hard hit. [source] 

So, what are the possible reasons for the rise in RSV? There are currently several hypotheses around to answer this. Let's take a look at each.

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Babies have a set series of steps they take in their developmental process to become healthy, functioning kids. Interruptions within this sequence can lead to future health problems.


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